More students than ever are qualfying for free or reduced lunch in Sarasota County schools.

Currently, a family of four had to make less than $45,510 a year to qualify for a reduced lunch.

47 percent of all county school students qualified for the program, and that number is projected to grow as the school year progresses.

Parents are now allowed to apply for the reduced lunch program on a rolling basis, meaning they can apply should their income suddenly change.